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    Default VDPAU - Looking For A New Video Card That Supports It

    Ever since I discovered that my video card (Geforce GTX 8800) was unsupported by VDPAU, I have been looking for a replacement that DOES support it well.

    I started at NewEgg, their two highest rated cards (in my price range) are the GTX 460 and GTX 470.


    Before buying, I thought I should check on the cards' performance with VDPAU.

    By sheer irony, both cards are reported to have issues with with VDPAU and KDE's Window Compositing. (which I use)

    (Both reports can be found by Googling those model numbers and "VDPAU")



    So after encountering such unfortunate situation, I sought the wisdom of this board.


    Can someone please recommend a Nvidia video card which...

    - works well with VDPAU
    - costs under $400
    - has at least 1 GB of VRAM
    - is made by a reliable brand (such as EVGA)



    Thank you in advance, for your time.

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    Well you will always find someone that is having some issue with some thing. Personal experience here is that I have zero issues with vdpau or kde 4 on GTX-460, GTX-480, GTX-580. As far as "is made by a reliable brand (such as EVGA)" goes, pretty much all of the nvidia cards follow the nvidia reference design but some brands that I have had great success with are Palit, evga and zotac. If your uses are just desktop and video playback then even a GTX-430 should do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Well you will always find someone that is having some issue with some thing. Personal experience here is that I have zero issues with vdpau or kde 4 on GTX-460, GTX-480, GTX-580. As far as "is made by a reliable brand (such as EVGA)" goes, pretty much all of the nvidia cards follow the nvidia reference design but some brands that I have had great success with are Palit, evga and zotac. If your uses are just desktop and video playback then even a GTX-430 should do.
    Thank you for the detailed response, Deanjo.

    I'm very glad to hear from someone who's tested a similar Nvidia GPU with KDE and VDPAU.

    Going by your suggestion, I think I will get this card
    • GTX 460 Chipset
    • 1 GB VRAM
    • Under $300 in price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ademos View Post
    Thank you for the detailed response, Deanjo.

    I'm very glad to hear from someone who's tested a similar Nvidia GPU with KDE and VDPAU.

    Going by your suggestion, I think I will get this card
    • GTX 460 Chipset
    • 1 GB VRAM
    • Under $300 in price
    OC if you have set your limit at under $400 and have not already got the GTX460 (apparently VDPAU works fine with 256.44 and 256.44) then you might be far better waiting a little while for the new Nvidia GTX 560 to Arrive in January .... i think the 20th.

    http://www.techtree.com/India/News/N...13894-581.html
    Roydon Cerejo, Dec 23, 2010 1454 hrs IST
    Priced around $300, it will take on ATI's HD 6950

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    Thank you for the additional advice, rogerdv and popper.

    I'm very pleased to have receive so much help! :D


    Quote Originally Posted by popper View Post
    OC if you have set your limit at under $400 and have not already got the GTX460 (apparently VDPAU works fine with 256.44 and 256.44) then you might be far better waiting a little while for the new Nvidia GTX 560 to Arrive in January .... i think the 20th.

    http://www.techtree.com/India/News/N...13894-581.html
    Roydon Cerejo, Dec 23, 2010 1454 hrs IST
    Priced around $300, it will take on ATI's HD 6950
    Though the GTX 560 will have newer hardware (and $300 is a nice price) I need the new GPU A.S.A.P
    (because my current GPU is starting to produce bugs with KWin's Desktop Effects)

    As a result, I will get the GTX 460, since it is...
    - Available now
    - Confirmed to work with KDE and VDPAU
    - Very cheap, considering the VRAM included. ($206 from a seller on Amazon)



    Thanks again everyone! Your help is appreciated!

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    I just got an eVGA overclocked GTX 570 It should be coming in tomorrow. If you want I can test VDPAU.

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    Currently Im using an EVGA, but the 450. So far, as long as you have driver 260, you can have VDPAU. But I use Xfce with its built in composite system, dont know about KDE (but I can confirm that smplayer windows becomes correctly transparent when it is not focused).

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